ViacomCBS Streamer My5 acquires UK comedy – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: My5, the streaming service run by the British network ViacomCBS Channel 5, has acquired a British comedy series Unlucky, which began life as a self-published project on Amazon Prime Video.

The six-part series was created, written and produced by Gary Sinyor and the stars Outlander and Paddington actor Tim Downie as Paul Green, reporter for the UK’s fourth most popular Jewish newspaper.

The series first launched on Amazon last year under the title The Jewish investigator, but with industry production slowing down during the coronavirus pandemic, Sinyor saw an opportunity to pitch the show to a broadcaster. It will be uploaded to My5 in March

Unlucky co-stars Geoffrey McGivern (Little Dorrit) and Lucy Montgomery (Tracey Ullman Show) as Green’s father and sister, while Josh Howie (Call me Alvy) is the journalist’s best friend. Sinyor himself gives the voice of Green’s stubborn editor.

Here’s the logic: Obsessed with his own view of truth and fairness, Paul longs for bigger things – but his inquisitive nature causes chaos and offense in a society where offense is easily taken. With a sister still swearing on her case, a neurotic and hopelessly single best friend who gets in the way, and a playful father acting like a big brother, a day of calamity is fast approaching.

Sinyor said: “Unlucky’ was inspired by American shows like Seinfeld and British sitcoms like Increasing humidity and Hancock. When I heard that broadcasters were looking for new and complete content, I got in touch with the hope that someone would see its potential.

Sinyor directed Renee Zellweger’s film in 1999 The single person, while in 2017 he wrote, directed and produced a psychological thriller The invisible.

Check Unlucky trailer below:

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